TheMadScientist - 1:59 am on Feb 28, 2011 (gmt 0)
If G has the smarts to do a intelligent - self learning algo - how come it didn't learn what people like and take corrective action filtering out the 'content farms' all along?
Hmmm ... Because it could learn a behavior from a click, but not the feeling about the result itself, maybe?
EG The other day I may have searched on Bing for something 'SEOish' and looked 3 pages deep at sites listed, then I may have searched for the same phrase on Google and clicked on 3 of the same sites I clicked on while I was searching Bing just to see which ones they were for sure, because I looked at about 20 on Bing, and all you can tell from my clicks and click backs is my visits were fast ... There's no way they can tell why I searched, what I learned, what I actually liked or disliked from those results, because all they have is behavior, not my reaction or reason for doing it.
There were two I liked and another I thought, 'yeah, this piece of garbage ranks on both...'
They can't tell that from my click behavior. There's no way. My visits were spread through the top 10 and time spent on each was about the same. There's no way they can tell which 2 of the 3 I liked and which one I didn't from my behavior ... It was too similar for all 3.